Heart-kidney transplant risk score created

heart kidney surgery

heart kidney surgery

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve identified criteria that, when combined with kidney function measures, could create a risk score system for heart-kidney transplant patients.

Dr. Mark Russo of Columbia University Medical Centre/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, who led the study, said such a risk score could help identify patients who are likely to receive a survival benefit from a combined heart and kidney transplant.

“In the past, patients with end-stage heart failure having concurrent renal disease were not considered candidates for heart transplantation,” the researchers said. “With advances in operative techniques and post operative management, combined heart and kidney transplantation is offered to select patients in this population.”

The researchers analyzed data from the United Network for Organ Sharing involving 19,373 patients who underwent heart transplantation between 1995 and 2005. That included 274 patients who received combined heart and kidney transplants and 19,109 who received heart transplants alone.

heart schematic

heart schematic

They said they found patients appeared less likely to survive following a combined heart and kidney transplant if, before surgery, they had peripheral vascular disease, were over 65, had heart failure that wasn’t caused by blocked or narrowed arteries, were dependent on dialysis or were placed on a ventricular assistance device as a bridge to transplantation.

The study appears in the journal Archives of Surgery.
Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 24th March 2009

2 Responses to “HEART, KIDNEY COMBO – RISK SCORE TEST”

  1. renal Says:

    My cousin is up for a kidney transplant any day now. We’re all very nervous. Thanks for this.

  2. Editor Says:

    GREAT TO SEE IT IS OF SOME HELP
    GOOD LUCK
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    Henry Sapiecha
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